Although I am a seminarian for the Diocese of Richmond, I grew up in Northern Virginia. My dad is from El Salvador and my mom is from Brazil, and I have one older brother who is eight years older than me. My favorite hobbies include playing tennis and soccer. After finishing high school, I went to the College of William and Mary where I majored in French and Francophone Studies and minored in Psychology.
During my time at William and Mary, I got involved with the Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM). CCM helped me in terms of discerning a possible call to the priesthood. In CCM, I met my closest friends (all of which were also discerning a vocation), I developed a deeper prayer life, I attended discernment retreats organized by the diocese, and I was simply able to be in a safe environment where I could grow in my relationship with God.
I was hesitant about my decision to apply to seminary. “Will I do a good job?” “Will people like me?” “Do I measure up to the quality of the current seminarians?” But one day, I believe Jesus spoke to my heart and encouraged me to move forward in the direction of priesthood.
I am very happy that I decided to follow Him and enter seminary right after that. During my time in seminary, I have grown and have received an incredible amount of gifts and blessings from Him along the way. I just hope to keep staying close to Him and follow in the path that He has set before me.